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Visible EmpireBotanical Expeditions and Visual Culture in the Hispanic Enlightenment$
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Daniela Bleichmar

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780226058535

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226058559.001.0001

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Economic Botany & the Limits of the Visual

Economic Botany & the Limits of the Visual

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(p.123) Chapter Four Economic Botany & the Limits of the Visual
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Visible Empire
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Daniela Bleichmar

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University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226058559.003.0005

This chapter examines the metropolitan and viceregal attempts to locate and exploit valuable natural products like pepper, cinnamon, tea, and cinchona in the Spanish Indies. It explains that the attempts to transport foreign plants to Spain failed but the expeditions succeeded in terms of taxonomic botany. It also explores the geopolitics of natural history investigations in the Hispanic world and analyzes the relationship between Madrid and the viceroyalties as well as those among imperial locales.

Keywords:   natural products, Spanish Indies, foreign plants, Spain, taxonomic botany, natural history investigations, viceroyalties, geopolitics

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